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By Peter Green

Author: Peter Green
Source: old Materialism, quantity 22, factor 1, pages two hundred – 222
Subjects: Social Sciences
Document sort: booklet Review
Publication 12 months : 2014
DOI: 10.1163/1569206X-12341342
ISSN: 1465-4466
E-ISSN: 1569-206X

The books lower than overview are either edited collections of essays through probably the most severe students across the world interested by Marx’s process in Capital and similar texts. Essays in either books percentage an emphasis at the ‘openness’ of Marx’s texts which have been broadly revised either by way of Marx in his personal lifetime and within the enhancing played by means of Engels. The evaluate engages seriously with contributions in either volumes with recognize to ‘value-form’ techniques to Marx’s approach. It highlights many of the transformations of process among some of the members which aren't regularly obvious within the texts themselves.

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A contradiction identified as real, or actual, is one which ‘has power to preserve itself in contradiction’ (Hegel, Encyclopaedia, para. 382). ‘The life of spirit is not the life that shrinks from death . . but rather the life that endures it and maintains itself in it’ (Hegel 1977, p. 19). In other words con­ tradiction-contradicted is, at least potentially, the condition of contradiction itself. So far we have two out of our notionally three terms. But even this two-fold version of contradiction can do logical — ontological and political - work.

Form-critique is accordingly the key to soi disant individualistic theories. In the same way, the emancipatory and nominalist current within empiricism can receive its due only once empiricist abstraction is replaced by abstraction of a determinate kind. The concrete (the conjuncture) subsists only as a contradictory impacting of abstractions, says the 1857 Introduction of Marx. g. Jessop 1991) is rendered impotent or, rather, reversed. For empiricism can address conjunctures only insofar as the latter ‘fall beneath’ something or other; only, that is to say, insofar as they can be assimilated upwards (the intriguing side o f Althusser’s anti-essentialist critique).

Stop reading here. The more emphatic or positive account of Marxist theorising turhs upon a deepening of the notion o f practical reflexivity, signalled above. This is what Marx undertakes in his (abandoned and thus silent) 1857 Introduction (Marx 1973, pp. 83-111). This text is one o f the most disputed within Marxism - it was published by Kautsky, cited by Lukacs against Kautsky, declared to be structuralist bv Althusser and deemed humanist and totalising by McLellan - and Against Historical Materialism 15 no less, it reports the critique of Marx’s historical materialist alter ego as undertaken by Marx himself.

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